All Posts By Amy Chaplin

Breakfast of the Month: Gluten-Free Skillet Cornbread

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, November 25, 2014

Breakfast of the Month
Sometimes, warm freshly baked bread for breakfast is all you want — ideally made from dough that doesn’t involve activating yeast or kneading. You want bread that’s mildly sweet, but not cakey like muffins or a banana bread, and goes perfectly with a cup of tea. This gluten- and dairy-free skillet cornbread fits the bill and also happens to be perfect for lazy mornings — especially if you have leftover cooked squash to stir into the batter. This bread can be enjoyed with a pat of coconut oil if you want to keep it free of any dairy, otherwise a little butter melted in is pretty good. The scallions added to the batter may make you consider serving this with dinner, and they can certainly be left out if you want to serve it with jam. Either way, be sure to enjoy it warm.

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Dessert of the Month: Gluten-Free, Vegan Cranberry Almond Tartlets

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, November 18, 2014

Cranberry Tarts
If you’re cooking for vegan and gluten-free friends or family this Thanksgiving, these tartlets are the perfect way to please everyone at the table. Unlike most desserts served on this holiday, this one is made without butter, sugar, cream and eggs. Instead the recipe calls for toasted nuts, whole grains, coconut oil, maple syrup and agar. Agar is a neutral-flavored seaweed that is used as a vegetarian gelatin; here, along with arrowroot, it gives great texture to the toasted almond filling.

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Salad of the Month: Roasted Carrot with Spelt Berries and Pomegranate Dressing

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, November 10, 2014

Roasted Carrot Salad
With its festive fall flavors, this salad would make the perfect accompaniment to a Thanksgiving spread — especially if you’re looking for hearty vegetable-based dishes to serve to your guests. Spelt berries become plump and tender after simmering, giving the salad an interesting texture and an earthy whole-grain flavor that pairs well with bright, tart pomegranate, bitter greens and sweet roasted carrots. Perhaps the greatest thing about a salad like this is that it’s versatile and can be adapted to complement the rest of your meal. If you already have carrots on your menu, the roasted carrots can easily be replaced with other fall vegetables like squash or fennel. Or use rosemary or thyme in place of sage and add some toasted walnuts or pecans if you’re looking for something a bit richer. Robust salads like this one also stand up well long after being dressed, making them perfect for holiday buffets and leisurely meals.

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Smoothie of the Month: Concord Grape

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, November 4, 2014

Concord Grape Smoothie
Concord grapes may not what you might normally think of as a smoothie ingredient. But their musky, fruity and tart flavor pairs surprisingly well with the creamy texture of blended cashews and frozen bananas. Sweet and festive thanks to the rich purple color, this smoothie is perfect to serve as a healthy dessert or afternoon treat.

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Breakfast of the Month: Spiced Amaranth Porridge with Dates and Pecans

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, October 28, 2014

Spiced Amaranth Porridge
Chilly fall mornings call for piping hot breakfasts. This porridge fits the bill and the added spices make it all the more invigorating. If you’re looking to change up your morning oatmeal routine, give amaranth a go. Though it takes a few extra minutes to cook, its mild, nutty flavor and nutrients make it well worth the time. It also maintains a slight crunch after cooking. Although amaranth is one of the smallest grains around, it also happens to be one of the highest in protein. Topped with toasted pecans and chopped dates and served with a splash of almond milk, this breakfast is sure to keep you going until lunch time. Read more

Dessert of the Month: Almond Butter Brownies with Sea Salt

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, October 21, 2014

Almond Butter Brownies with Sea Salt
Although it’s extremely difficult to pick a favorite recipe from my cookbook “At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen: Celebrating the Art of Eating Well,” these brownies do stand out as one of the true winners. The idea of combining almond butter, dark chocolate and sea salt came to me on a car trip out of the city one weekend when I was craving something sweet and satisfying. The thought of those flavors combined in a vegan brownie was something I simply had to try. I wanted the brownies to be rich and nutty without being cloying; the flaky sea salt adds a lovely texture and helps balance out the sweetness. Dates blended with almond butter are the secret here for creating the fudgy texture. These brownies taste best when cold and also keep well in the fridge for a few days. I hope you get a chance to make them soon! Read more

Salad of the Month: Bitter Green, Apple and Fennel

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, October 14, 2014

Bitter Green Salad
If there were ever a time to add fruit to your green salad, the fall season would be it. The unbeatable juicy, crisp texture and tart-sweet flavor of freshly picked apples is the perfect contrast to robust fall greens and shaved fennel. Adding thyme, honey and toasted almonds gives an ambrosial element to the salad, setting it well apart from your average green salad. This is the kind of salad that encourages you to celebrate the colder whether and makes you forget about the summery salads you may be missing. Read more

Smoothie of the Month: Pear, Plum and Cinnamon

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, October 7, 2014

fall fruit smoothie
You may think smoothies are just for summer’s ripest berries, but blend a harvest of fall pears and plums into a mousse-like whip with almond milk, almond butter and cinnamon and you may never go back to berries. Not only is this smoothie vegan, but it’s made without ice, so it’s the perfect treat on a chilly fall day. Read more

Winter Squash, Three Delicious Ways

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, September 30, 2014

squash three ways
Soon winter squash of all shapes and sizes — from butternut and kabocha to acorn and delicata — will fill farm stands and grocery stores. Their sweet flesh is delicious when simply prepared by steaming or roasting. Here are three recipes using those simple methods with a few different flavorings you may not have tried.
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Breakfast of the Month: Gluten-Free Pear Muffins

by in Amy's Whole Food Cooking, September 23, 2014

pear muffins
The wisp of crispness in the air is always a reliable prompt to get back into the kitchen. There is no better way to celebrate the beginning of fall than by baking something sweet and fragrant. These muffins fill the air with the aromas of cardamom, coconut, vanilla and pears. Not only are they gluten-free, but they are also vegan, naturally sweetened and whole-grain. They will most likely please everyone.

Chia seeds and ground flax, along with a little mashed banana, bind the batter and provide a moist and cakey backdrop for the cooked pears. The chia seeds also impart a lovely crunchy texture. Served with a cup of tea, the muffins make the perfect mid-morning or afternoon treat. Read more

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